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How did America become one single nation? What unified a growing number of disparate states into the modern country we recognise today? In this monumental history, Simon Winchester addresses these questions, examining the breathtaking achievements that helped forge and unify both the citizens and the geography of America.
Winchester follows in the footsteps of America′s most essential explorers, thinkers, and innovators, including Lewis and Clark and their Corps of Discovery Expedition to the Pacific Coast, the builders of the first transcontinental telegraph, and the powerful civil engineer behind the Interstate Highway System. Some of these men will be familiar, some forgotten, some hardly known - yet they all played a pivotal role in creating today′s United States. Throughout, Winchester ponders whether the historic work of uniting the States has succeeded, and to what degree.
This is a fresh and lively look at the way in which the most powerful nation on earth came together, from one of our most entertaining and insightful observers.
About the Author
Simon Winchester studied Geology at Oxford University. He is the author of A Crack in the Edge of the World, Krakatoa, The Map that Changed the World, The Professor and the Madman, The Fracture Zone, Outposts, and Korea, among many other titles. He lives in Massachusetts and in the Western Isles of Scotland.
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This is a typical quality book / read from Simon Winchester. I refer to what he writes as " poor mans history " as he gives one a history lesson by being informative , witty , interesting and engaging.
The first book of his that I read was Krakatoa and I was hooked.
If I am critical of one thing in this book ( and probably generally across all his books ) is that I wish there were photos as opposed to black and white reproductions and the maps were " busy " and it would have been good if it was possible that they folded out to be bigger however I assume that would make the book more complex and expensive to produce and thus cost more with the inevitable push back from the reader.
But the book gets 9 out of 10 from me.
'Winchester achieves something remarkable here ... 'The Men Who United the States' is not only readable, it's compelling and quite marvellous reading' Literary Review 'Winchester pioneered the genre of popular narrative history ... His admiration for his adopted homeland, and respect for those who forged it, shine out from every page ... [he] understands that specificity is what counts, as it always does in writing' Sunday Telegraph 'Simon Winchester is a literary impresario ... The subtitle promises readers a sackful of exciting tales - and the author delivers. This is a clever, engaging and original look at what would seem well-trodden historical paths; but Winchester, delightfully, breaks a fresh trail' Economist 'An imaginative piece of historical writing, interwoven with memoir. But it is, in the end, more than either of those things: it is a love poem to the American landscape and to the spirit of people' BBC History Magazine 'A rousing tribute to the alliances, agencies, and inventions - from Lewis and Clark to the Internet - that underpin our more perfect union. A stunning, highly original feast of a book.' Stacy Schiff 'Simon Winchester never disappoints, and 'The Men Who United the States' is a lively and surprising account of how this sprawling piece of geography became a nation. This is America from the ground up. Inspiring and engaging.' Tom Brokaw
Number Of Pages: 496
Published: 1st November 2013
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.4 x 3.7
Weight (kg): 0.65